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Item # CON0017

Description

The Continental Gatorskin Tires are a bit less costly than the ever-popular G.P. 4-Season. However, like the 4-Season, the Gatorskins are made for the insults of gritty winter riding. Comparatively, they're a bit slower, a bit heavier, but it's because they are unmatched for puncture-proofness. The secret to their durability on bad roads is twofold and is due to Continental's materials technology.

They use Duraskin anti-cut fabric to give the sidewalls extra protection against cuts. It's a polyamide (nylon) mesh that is bonded onto the sidewall plies. It acts like the ripstop material you'd find on ultralight jackets or tents. In the event that you do encounter a sharp object with potential to cut the sidewall, the Duraskin mesh will resist and most importantly limit the extent of the damage. The second line of defense is a puncture resistant layer under the tread called Poly X Breaker. It's a dense layer of tough nylon, designed to add serious protection. With the tread and sidewall bolstered against the hazards of the road, you'll worry less about grit and gravel on the edge of the road and more about enjoying your ride.

Continental Gatorskin Tires have Black tread with Black Duraskin sidewalls. They're available in 700 x 23c and 700 x 25c folding versions.

  • Dual-layer puncture protection
  • 180 TPI
  • Folding bead

Tech Specs

Compound:
silica-based
Size:
700 c x 23 mm, 700 c x 25 mm
Type:
clincher
Casing:
DuraSkin
Protection:
PolyX Breaker
TPI:
180
Bead:
folding
Claimed Weight:
250 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
limited

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55

No more flats!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Its a great tire for flat protection and overall training. It was a long life and protected well against flats. Don't know if would really race in them but for the purpose for everyday training and riding you can't go wrong. I'm on my third pair and have nothing to complain about .

55

Website glitch w/ initial review

  • Gender:Male
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I ride a 2013 S-Works Venge, currently run Roval CLX 60 & Fulcrum Zero wheels on post-apocalypse Texas roads. My second set of Continental tires - previously rode Hard Skins. I ride 60 - 150 miles per week, & have had NO issues with either of these two offerings from the Continental family (another testament to German engineering). Better yet - got last set from CC for $40 each - can't be beat!

55

Great all around tire

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are my go to tires. I have been using gatorskins for 8 years, have always got well over 1,000 miles on them and rarely had flats. I am not a racer. I ride about 40 -100 miles per week in dry conditions ( I avoid rain if possible) on gently rolling roads to steep climbs with steep down hills and I love the grip these tires give me on tight downhill curves. I highly recommend them if you are looking for a solid tire that will give you miles and stability on the roads.

55

gnar bar test approval

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Gator skins are amazing tires, tough, long-lasting, and hand-made with care.

55

Perfect winter training tire

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for the hubs b/c Gatorskins have always been my go-to Winter tire, so they get 5 stars from me too. Here’s his review:

This is my first time on 25mm tires after 12 years on 23mm. I honestly can’t tell a difference. But that doesn’t matter because these tires rock…and always will. Grippy, race-pace speed with puncture resistance and long life. What’s not to love??!!

55

Added piece of mind....

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I have used Gatorskins in the past on a commuter bike and the tread was worn out before they had a puncture. I decided to try a set on my race bike after reaching the "0.99% flat rate" over the summer while running GP4000's. I love the 4k's, but especially going into fall and winter having to change a flat on the side of the road is a real bummer. So far, I'm impressed. I ride the same routes, over the same roads and have yet to experience any trauma.
While no tire is 100% puncture resistant....ok, no non-solid tire..., any added protection will help. As for the handling characteristics, They really do not feel too different than GP400's unlesss the road is really, really cold. If it's cold enough outside that you can feel the difference, just back off a notch on the cornering ; )
Great tires!

55

Extreme Durable

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

If you are looking for a tire that last longer than a month and helps prevent flats, this is the tire you need. The Poly X breaker and the duraskin side wall combine to create the toughest tire out.

55

No More Flats

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

After getting flats on my rear tire on a regular basis (almost every time I rode), I decided it was time to switch to a tougher tire. The Gatorskin did the trick. I have put about a hundred miles on them since I got them and they show little wear overall. Definitely a burly and incredible tire that has helped me avoid having to fix many flats. Simply put, if you are sick of wasting time on your rides with blow outs, this tire is worth your while. For the price, it is completely worth the hundreds of unhindered miles you will be able to ride!

55

Great training/commuting tire

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I've only put a couple hundred miles on my gator skins so far for training and commuting. The tire shows very little sign of use. It's definitely a durable tire for those long rides.

Avg. ride time: 11m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
55

using for well over a year

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these tires for well over a year now. I was getting flats almost daily on some other michellen tires and switches to these gatorskins. I use them for everyday riding on sketchy roads and for races if the roads are looking a little beat.

Avg. ride time: 2h 20m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
55

Gatorskins are my go to

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I commute over 100 miles each week to work. Gatorskins are my go to for riding through San Francisco. If you need reliable tires then go with the Gatorskins.

45

Good Trainer

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I put these on my single speed when my Krylions wore out and noticed a significant difference in speed, which kind of bummed me out. However, after I gave it some thought, I came to the conclusion that this is a good quality for training purposes. So far, they've been very durable and look pretty cool too. Although come race day, you might want to switch 'em out.

15

HORRIBLE !!

    I GOT 0VER 2800 MILES ON MY NEW BIKE'S ORIGINAL TIRES BEFORE MY FIRST FLAT ... PUT ON A SET OF GATORSKINS 700x25 AND GOT 2 FLATS IN 260 MILES (125 TO 1ST FLAT AND ANOTHER 135 TO MY 2ND FLAT ... SO MUCH FOR DURABLITY .. WHAT A HORRIBLE JOKE ON ME !!

    15

    i hate these tires.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Reasons why i hate these tires:

    1) They don't seem to protect any better than 4000s'.

    2) The puncture protection is "Poly-X" which is a cheep version of "Vectran" which is used in the 4000s.

    3) poly-x means it rolls worse

    4) I have broken multiple tire levers getting these installed (after a flat).



    You're not supposed to use tire levers to install a tire.

    sorry it should have read "I have broken multiple tire levers changing these (after a flat)"

    45

    Good Training Tire!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is a classic all around poor condition fast training tire. There are far faster, more supple tires as well as far tougher tires that will ride like garden hoses. Simply put these are the best all around blend for good speed, long durability, puncture resistance, price, weight. I personally prefer The Conti GP 4 Season for training as they are lighter, faster, more puncture resistant, more supple with higher tpi casing, have far better traction, just do not last quote as long but still pretty darn long.

    55

    Puncture me if you can!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    After searching for a tire that won't puncture easily and still have little rolling resistance, I have come across these. I have ridden them for 2 seasons now and I don't even think I've had a flat with them.

    I would highly recommend these for a training tire.

    45

    Flat tire by way of thorn

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    About to go for a ride and noticed a thorn sticking into my tire. I pulled it out and heard the air follow. Flat tire. Otherwise these tires have been great.

    55

    Solid Tire!

    • Gender:Male
    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Put 4,000 miles on a set of Gatorskin tires back in 2012 on a cross country ride. Made it to the end goal with 2 flats on the entire trip, not too bad. They are on my everyday commuter bike now, still rolling strong. Just get a pair, you won't regret it. #JOH2012

    Solid Tire!

    Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

    Are these the kevlar or wire tires?

    Best Answer

    Hi Ted,



    These tires have a foldable kevlar bead.

    Avg. ride time: 7h 25m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
    55

    Flat Tyres be Damned!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    After being referred to this tyre by a friend early this spring, I've had only two flats over a long summer & winter of riding. Both of those flats happened when the rear tyre was worn down enough to be replaced anyway, so the flats were an error of my own laziness more than anything. I use this tyre on my training wheel, and the tubular version for my race wheels. I'll ride nothing else, this is the best value, all around great piece of rubber out there.